How Developers Acquire FLOSS Skills

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Autorinnen und Autoren: Barcomb A, Grottke M, Stauffert JP, Riehle D
Titel Sammelwerk: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Verlag: Springer Verlag
Verlagsort: Germany
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2015
Band: 451
Tagungsband: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS 2015).
Seitenbereich: 23-32
ISBN: 9783319178363
ISSN: 1868-4238
eISSN: 1868-422X


With the increasing prominence of open collaboration as found in free/libre/open source software projects and other joint production communities, potential participants need to acquire skills. How these skills are learned has received little research attention. This article presents a large-scale survey (5,309 valid responses) in which users and developers of the beta release of a popular file download application were asked which learning styles were used to acquire technical and social skills. We find that the extent to which a person acquired the relevant skills through informal methods tends to be higher if the person is a free/libre/open source code contributor, while being a professional software developer does not have this effect. Additionally, younger participants proved more likely to make use of formal methods of learning. These insights will help individuals, commercial companies, educational institutions, governments and open collaborative projects decide how they promote learning.

FAU-Autorinnen und Autoren / FAU-Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber

Barcomb, Ann Dr.
Professur für Open Source Software
Grottke, Michael Prof. Dr.
Fachbereich Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften
Riehle, Dirk Prof. Dr.
Professur für Open Source Software


Barcomb, A., Grottke, M., Stauffert, J.-P., & Riehle, D. (2015). How Developers Acquire FLOSS Skills. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS 2015). (pp. 23-32). Florence, Italy, IT: Germany: Springer Verlag.

Barcomb, Ann, et al. "How Developers Acquire FLOSS Skills." Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Open Source Systems, Florence, Italy Germany: Springer Verlag, 2015. 23-32.


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